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Computer and Communication Networks Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0131747999 ISBN-10: 0131747991 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (November 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131747991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131747999
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,698,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

As the number and variety of communication services grow, so do the challenges of designing cost-effective networks that meet the requirements of emerging technologies in wireless, sensor, and mesh networks. Computer and Communication Networks is the first book to offer balanced coverage of all these topics using extensive case studies and examples.

This essential reference begins by providing a solid foundation in TCP/IP schemes, wireless networking, Internet applications, and network security. The author then delves into the field’s analytical aspects and advanced networking protocols.

Students and researchers will find up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of fundamental and advanced networking topics, including:

  • Packet-switched networks and Internet Network protocols
  • Links
  • LAN Protocols
  • Wireless Networks
  • Transport Protocols
  • Applications and Management
  • Network Security
  • Delay Analysis
  • QoS
  • High speed protocols
  • Voice over IP
  • Optical Networks
  • Multicasting Protocols
  • Compression of Voice and Video
  • Sensor/Mesh Networks

Network architecture books are often criticized for not offering enough practical, scenario-based information. Computer and Communication Networks provides an effective blend of theory and implementation not found in other books.

Key features include:

  • Figures and images that simplify complex topics
  • Equations and algorithms
  • Case studies that further explain concepts and theory
  • Exercises and examples honed through the author’s twelve years of teaching about networking

Overall, readers will find a thorough design and performance evaluation that provides a foundation for developing the ability to analyze and simulate complex communication networks.

About the Author

Nader F. Mir is a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of San Jose State University. He has received a number of prestigious national and university awards and has published numerous technical journal and conference papers in the field of communications and networking. He is a senior member of the IEEE and has served as a member of the Technical Program Committee and Steering Committee for a number of major conferences. He is also currently an editor for three major journals in communications and networking.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Shields on January 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a system engineer who needed a quick technical overview of IP-based (packet switched) networks. This text was the exact level and scope that I needed. It provided concise and easy-to-follow explanations with supporting diagrams, figures and high level equations (all nicely arranged). It also was quite readable which was a nice change for an engineering text. It provided interspersed exercises and solutions that were nice as well. Please be advised this is not a developer's text with detailed algorithms and explicit mathematical formulation for coding purposes although many equations are provided to illustrate the concept and high-level mathematics. It also is not a fluffy overview text for non-technical enthusiasts (you still need some engineering or computer background to fully appreciate this text).

I had a vague understanding of networking, but really needed a more comprehensive understanding of how everything fit together following the 5 layer TCP/IP model. I also wanted some technical explanation without needing to know the nth detail of how to code algorithms or build a network. This text filled that void. It really is targeted for technical system type folks who need to increase their understanding of IP networks.

If you are looking for an A-to-Z technical overview of how packet-switched networks operate then this is the book for you. It is helpful to have a bit of basic engineering mathematics under your belt. Each chapter builds on the previous, but you can also use this text as a reference to look up stand-alone topics and you will find good explanations on each topic. Two thumbs up from me.
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By Twain on February 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Other than the fact that it didnt come with a CD, cant even distinguish between a new one and this one
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By Brad Murphy on December 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A excellent book for study in networking. Well written, clear diagrams and covers many important topics. Recommended for university level students and professionals.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This great, up-to-date book could be used as supplementary network engineers training manual in preparation for Cisco/Networking exams.

One word of caution: This book is not for beginners or software developers. Written for Network Technicians and Engineers in mind, this book requires a solid mathematics foundation to comprehend it. Ideal for students who want to get an advanced knowledge in networking, this book provides an excellent educational blend of theoretical and practical approaches, including real life scenarios.

Nader Mir has extensive knowledge of the networking industry and communicates it in an excellent progression from the basics to more complex situations, including complex number-crunching techniques. This book would come in handy as a desk reference; it would help the reader to grasp ideas of IT and networking at an expert level - illustrating all layers of the TCP/IP model or serving as a troubleshooting guide for an enterprise size network.

Whether you love or hate this book, as an IT or networking tech, you need this book on your desk when something fails in your network.
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